Halloween Books to Read-Aloud


A few days ago, I asked my Facebook followers to share their favorite Halloween book to read out loud. Their responses are below along with any comments they had to offer. You can learn more about each book by clicking on the title or the image to go to the Amazon listing.


Picture Books

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
A new favorite? Creepy Carrots. Perfect for the little ones who say they want "a scary story." No mention of Halloween but the illustrations are EPIC. :)

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

The Hallow-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
Great picture book, can tie in talking about bullies.
-Cindy Boardman Reed

I love The Hallo-Weiner!! It always makes me think of my old dachshund, Louie. Cute story!
-Jamie Hoisman

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything is one the kids always love!
-Kim Patton 

I pass out props that go with the story. the kids LOVE it!
-Amy Edge

Boo! By Robert Munsch. I read the story, in all of it's descriptive loveliness, without showing the last page. The kids are each given a paper plate and asked to show what they think the little boy's face will look like. There are several opportunities for predicting and inferring (how the characters feel, etc) and the repetitive pattern is great fun.
-Sue Scott


Like Goodnight Moon. My 5 year old love it.
-Heather Soucy

The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
A great lesson for cooperation!!!-Betsy Steele

Wonderful book for the younger set...great repetition and positive message about cooperation.
-Kelly Hiltz

A humorous look at what life as a child is like on one of the most beloved days of the year.
-Karen Jamison Wiley

Love The Withered Corpse poem with gooey props... kids are blindfolded.
-Amy Kurtz

The Jerry Seinfeld book for sure! Soo cute!
-Heather Van Nortwick Faulkner
Great story for overcoming fears.
-Alice Hathcock

The Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas
The Halloween Surprise is great for younger kids. I would say preschool-1st grade. Really cute pictures and easy for prediction making.
-Maria Reierstad

His illustrations are great and the kids love Splat!
-Tara Ail

The description in this book is awesome :)
-Ashlee Fetters


Acceptance of differences! Love it.
-Sheryl D. Sharkey Boegner 

Great non-fiction with gorgeous pictures.
-Life with Mrs. L


Chapter Books


Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
Cinderella Skeleton- I love all kinds of fractured fairy tales. You can teach lots of different concepts with them.
-Robin Runnels Muse


My Dog's a Scaredy-Cat (Hank Zipzer) by Henry Winkler
This is one that I love to read to my fourth graders because it's aimed at their age level. It also features a character parade which we have at our school each year and the kids enjoy that part a lot!
-Chrissy Rene

The Haunting of Hillside School by Kristiana Gregory
The Haunting of Hillside School: great read for kids in 2nd-4th grade... the writing really makes it easy for you to feel like you are right there-and it's creepy enough, but not totally scary-if that makes sense.
-Maria Reierstad


In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
My students love these books-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark-they sit around huddled in the library reading them together.
The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Great to read to 6th graders, it's usually their first introduction to Poe and keeps them on the edge of their seats.
-Kim Scanlon


Perfect for 3-5!
-Tracy Hardin Horton

The Witches by Roald Dahl
I LOVE to read the Grand high Witch's dialog.
-Maggie Wilson


Wonderful author!!
-Jane Holaday McGinness

Do you have more to add? Please comment with your favorite.

2 comments:

Sally said...

Awesome selection of Halloween books! I see a few of my favorites and a few I want to find!

Sally from Elementary Matters

Anonymous said...

Dan Gutman (My Weird School chapter books)- Miss Patty is Batty. We love it and my second graders LOVE his books!

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